An electrolyte is a substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in water. Electrolytes carry a charge and are essential for life. All higher forms of life need electrolytes to survive. In our bodies, electrolytes include sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), calcium (Ca2+), bicarbonate (HCO3-), magnesium (Mg2+), chloride (C1-), and hydrogen phosphate (HPO42-).
Fast facts on electrolytes
- Here are some key points about electrolytes. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
- Electrolytes are vital for the normal functioning of the human body
- Fruit and vegetables are good sources of electrolytes
- Electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium and bicarbonate
- The symptoms of electrolyte imbalance can include twitching, weakness and, if unchecked, seizures
- Elderly people are particularly susceptible to electrolyte imbalance
- Hypercalcemia - too much calcium - is common in cancer patients
- Kidney disease and severe dehydration can cause electrolyte imbalance
- Patients with diabetes or heart failure have an increased risk of low sodium levels.
Plasma Electrolytes Tablet - Active Ingredients: Calcium (Calcium Sulfate, Dicalcium Phosphate) 0.3 mg, Iron (Ferric Orthophospate) 0.1 mg, Phosphorus (Magnesium Phosphate, Ferric Orthophosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate) 0.3 mg, Magnesium (Magnesium Phosphate) 0.1mg, Chloride (Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride) 1.55 mg, Potassium (as Potassium Chloride Potassium Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate) 2 mg, Silica (Silicon Dioxide *). Other Ingredients: Lactose, cellulose, acacia gum, and calcium stearate.